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Bosnia & Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic is apparently moments away from signing with Everton as their official website has announced he is already travelling with the squad to Thailand.

The 21 year old Besic started games for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the World Cup and must have impressed Martinez enough to scoop him up. Besic is a defensive mid by trade, so the addition creates a bit of a log jam at the position. Gareth Barry signed a three year deal over the summer to make a permanent move, Darron Gibson is returning to fitness and James McCarthy was a regular in the Toffee XI last year. It is not a bad problem to have, but once Gibson is fit, Martinez will be tasked to please four players pushing for two spots.
Jul 24 - 2:55 PM

Thibaut Courtois is the top keeper pick for Week 10.

Given the fact Chelsea have a home game against Queens Park Rangers and Courtois is so well priced at £7million in the Yahoo fantasy game, I'm not sure you need to consider anybody else for your goalkeeper spot. A certain victory and an excellent opportunity for a clean sheet for the Belgian stopper.
Oct 31 - 5:18 AM

Filipe Luis will continue at left back for Chelsea's home match with QPR, making him an excellent defensive option for your fantasy team.

With Cesar Azpilicueta serving the final match of his ban after the red card picked up against the Palace in Week Eight, we can be certain that Filipe Luis will take the left-back spot for his side's home match against Queens Park Rangers. The Brazilian defender is the most affordable way to cover the potential Chelsea clean sheet, available at a shade over £7million, and will be desperate to impress Jose Mourinho in an effort to keep his place for Week Eleven.
Oct 31 - 5:20 AM

Second-half goals from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane sent Tottenham into the quarter-finals of the League Cup at the expense of Championship side Brighton.

For the second mid-week running we have Kane and Lamela scoring the goals to give Tottenham a victory. Lamela was introduced at half-time and bagged the opener within 10 minutes after some neat interplay with Roberto Soldado, before Kane sealed the win by stabbing the ball home after Soldado's shot was saved. Kane is the club's top scorer in all competitions this season with six goals and may have done enough to earn a start against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 30 - 9:42 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has hinted that he is ready to drop Vito Mannone and offer Costel Pantilimon an opportunity to shine.

Mannone was superb last season but it's been a difficult campaign for the Black Cats so far and the keeper has put in two especially horrible performances in a row against Southampton and Arsenal. Pantilimon deserves a chance to show the manager what he can do, but this news won't have any impact on fantasy managers, who should be wisely avoiding Sunderland players until the side shows signs of turning their form around.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 30 - 9:48 AM

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on Twitter.

This isn't the first time Ferdinand has got himself in trouble via the medium of Twitter and it won't be the last. The ex-England man sent a tweet in reply to some criticism, which the FA deemed "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper", and has now been hit with a three match ban. This may not have too much impact on QPR, who have performed better since Ferdinand was dropped for Richard Dunne back in Week 8.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 30 - 9:53 AM

Manchester City suffered their second defeat in only five days as Newcastle went to the Etihad on Wednesday evening in the Capital One Cup and dominated their fourth round encounter and deservedly dumped the current trophy holders out of the competition.

Although the manner of the defeat - lacklustre & off the pace – will be of some concern and the way City have defended recently – six goals conceded in three games – the injuries suffered by David Silva [knee] and Yaya Toure [groin] will fill Pellegrini with trepidation. The Spanish playmaker lasted a mere 9 minutes when an innocuous shirt pull by the returning Ryan Taylor twisted the midfielders knee straining ligaments – his participation in this weekends’ derby is in serious doubt. Toure will also be assessed after the Ivorian departed with a groin problem although the Chilean manger is not expecting a serious issue.
Source: Daily Mail
Oct 30 - 7:36 AM

Harry Redknapp provided a team news update on Thursday ahead of Saturdays’ trip to Stamford Bridge with the Hoops expecting to retain the same squad which took three points in the victory over Aston Villa at Loftus Road on Monday Night Football.

Redknapp remains "hopeful" Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch [both hamstring] will return to training next week – meaning game week 11 is a realistic target - but the big news is that Adel Taarabt is back in contention following his recent public spat with the manager. Despite lacking match-fitness Redknapp "wouldn’t hesitate" to include the attacking midfielder and with a point to prove the player is worth some serious consideration over the coming weeks. Rio Ferdinand serves the first of a three game domestic ban while Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] and Alex McCarthy [thigh] remain out.
Source: Daily Mirror
Oct 30 - 7:58 AM

Opportunities for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy have been limited since the summer signing arrived from Reading in August but the reserve stopper was afforded his first Premier League start against Liverpool in game week eight with Rob Green side-lined because of illness.

After a solid performance between the sticks Harry Redknapp was faced with a potential tricky decision on whether to stick with his number two keeper or revert back to Rob Green. However a training ground injury ruled Alex McCarthy [thigh] out of game against Aston Villa match paving the way for Rob Green to make a quick return having missed one match due to tonsillitis. During the interim period Brian Murphy is likely to take his place in the match-day squad.
Oct 30 - 8:26 AM

Wayne Rooney has been declared fully fit for the upcoming Manchester Derby this weekend following rumors earlier this week that he might miss the big match.

Wayne Rooney was reportedly seen limping at a sponsor event earlier this week leading to speculation that the newly returned from suspension forward might miss out despite being eligible to play again. Those rumors have been put to rest by "sources close to the team" which will be a big boost to the Red Devils given the poor efforts turned in by Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata in Rooney's absence and the injuries that seem to be plaguing Falcao.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Oct 30 - 9:14 AM

Theo Walcott's return to the starting line-up will likely be put off for another week with Arsenal in desperate need of three points against Burnley.

After dropping points to Hull City and a generally uninspiring start to the season, Arsene Wenger doesn't have many degrees of freedom when it comes to starting his best, and least risky, starting line-up each week. With Walcott not yet a proven commodity it seems most likely that he will hope that the team can build a lead that will allow him to bring Walcott in to the match without risking any points in the standings. The wait continues for Walcott and fantasy managers alike.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Oct 30 - 9:19 AM

For the second time in less than a week, Stoke City fell to Southampton with this one seeing the Potters eliminated from the Capital One Cup 3-2.

After a tense 1-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League over the weekend, Stoke City were hoping to exact some revenge in the Capital One Cup but it was not to be. Despite goals from Steven Nzonzi and Mame Biram Diouf Mark Hughes' men couldn't get the win as one of the signings of the summer, Graziano Pelle, scored a brace and Shane Long added another as the Saints took a 3-1 lead and managed to hold on 3-2 for the win.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Oct 30 - 9:24 AM




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